“I have always appreciated the elegance and patience these wading birds exhibit when exploring harbour and estuary shallows. I am more familiar with other shorebirds like herons and oystercatchers, and I take great interest in observing them. The postures cranes adopt when hunting with their spear like bills and the slow rhythm they display when in flight make the artist’s task easy.”
The crane is a long-billed, long-necked wading bird with shamanic references due to its ability to move effortlessly and quietly between the worlds of the sky, land and water. To the Kwakwaka’wakw, there is a supernatural crane known as Khenkho, who was one of the guards of Komokwa, Chief of the Undersea World.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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